Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has declared a ban on street vendors operating along the streets leading to Moi Avenue in the heart of the Nairobi Central Business District.
During a meeting held on Wednesday, Sakaja emphasized that hawking will not be permitted on these specific streets due to a strategic effort to improve street operations.
In addition, he suggested that the impacted street vendors should receive priority access to operate in the adjacent rear alleys, allowing them the opportunity to continue their livelihoods.
“From Tom Mboya coming up to Moi Avenue we will have no hawking and street business there because we have a plan on that road where we receive billions from investors,” he said.
“I was in Paris and we are doing BRT. We are going to expand that road to be walkable because I am not just taking care of you I am also taking care of Kenyans who are walking those who own shops they are also taxpayers.”
Hawkers & informal traders deserve an opportunity to eke out a living in an orderly manner. This morning, we brought together the leadership of CBD hawkers, our City Inspectorate Officers, Mobility and works sectors to deliberate and agree on how this will be done within the CBD pic.twitter.com/sKTyfxZo9d
— Sakaja Arthur Johnson (@SakajaJohnson) October 25, 2023
From Thursday morning onwards, Sakaja declared that no one will be exempt from the clearance, and he emphasized that the law will be applied equitably.
“There will be no hawking on the road that one we will not have. That is an irreducible minimum even for their own safety. From tomorrow morning even at Muthurwa and Bus station,” he said.
“We must be firm and a rule is a rule. When we say there is no hawking along Moi Avenue there is none for anyone and I will say it before them…Everybody must get their piece we can’t favour one group over another. So when I insist that you operate up to some certain spot then stop there and nobody will bother you.”
Sakaja also rejected criticism from those who accused him of unfairly singling out hawkers, contending that there should be an equitable business environment for everyone operating in the city center.